State Representative
53RD DISTRICT

DOTTE SHAFFER
Democrat

OCCUPATION: Free lance writer/ Domestic engineer

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Receptionist, waitress, published writer, owner/manager small copy business

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Attended high school in Elko, NV. Enrolled in several writing courses

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: Klamath County Democratic Central Committee chair­95/96; campaigned for Bill Clinton, Marc Kane and Harry Lonsdale; precinct person since 1992

I AM AN AMERICAN AND A DEMOCRAT, IN THAT ORDER. I AM NOT A LAWYER, NOR A POLITICIAN, MY WORDS ARE SIMPLE, MY MESSAGE CLEAR. MY PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN AS CHAIR OF THE KLAMATH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE. I AM A DOMESTIC ENGINEER AND A FREE LANCE PUBLISHED WRITER. I AM PRESIDENT OF THE KLAMATH WRITERS GUILD AND AN UNPAID VOLUNTEER WITH THE EARLY PREVENTION PROGRAM I HAVE BEEN A BLUE COLLAR WORKER SINCE I WAS THIRTEEN. I ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL IN ELKO, NV.

I BELIEVE ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD REMEMBER THEY ARE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE GIVEN POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY BY THE VOTERS, TO DRAFT, PROMOTE AND PASS INTO LAW, BILLS WHICH WILL PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS.

I BELIEVE IN A NATION AS GREAT AS OURS, WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T CARE FOR THEMSELVES.

ALL THE RHETORIC ABOUT 'OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE' IS JUST RHETORIC. WORDS ARE ONLY WORDS UNLESS PUT INTO ACTION. THE FACT IS 'OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR PRESENT'; THEIR NEEDS MUST BE MET NOW.

EDUCATION, HEALTH, SAFETY; ALL MUST BE THE RIGHT OF EVERY CHILD; OF EVERY AMERICAN. IF ELECTED I WILL DO WHAT I CAN TO MAKE THIS A PROMISE FULFILLED.

GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES NEEDS TO BE MINIMAL. A MORE EFFICIENT RUN GOVERNMENT WOULD MEAN LESS TAXES, OR LESS PILFERING OF TAXPAYERS' POCKETS. KEEPING RELIGION SEPARATE FROM GOVERNMENT WILL LESSEN THE CHANCES OF PERSECUTION DUE TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

DECISIONS INVOLVING OUR PHYSICAL BODIES MUST BE THE RIGHT OF THE INDIVIDUAL. DECISIONS INVOLVING THE PLANET NEED TO BE ADDRESSED BY ALL OF US.

(This information furnished by Dotte Shaffer.)

Dotte Shaffer has agreed to limit campaign expenditures for this General Election under ORS 260.180.

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